Professional homepage of Daniel Brunner

Dr. Daniel Brunner

Cover Optica, Vol. 5 Iss. 6 2018

Short Summary

My research evolves around novel approaches to information processing combined with photonics. Within this field, I made fundamental observations in the field of quantum optics and am an active member in the field of photonic AI implemented in optical Neural Networks. As a long term objective I want to establish novel substrates for neuromorphic computing.

In 2015 I obtained a permanent CNRS position as a CR2 researcher at the FEMTO-ST institute. Before that, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the IFISC in Palma de Mallorca, partially funded by a Marie-Curie IEF fellowship (2011-2013, NOVALIS).

My research has been cited over 2300 times and I have been invited to over 20 international conferences. I participated and lead multiple research projects, including projects funded by the Eurpean Comission, the Spanish Ministry of Education and Industry, the French Ministry of Education and the Volkswagen Foundation. Currently, I am a PI within the Volkswagen Foundation research project NeuoQNet, and the Burgundy - Franche-Comte young research integration project RéNTOP-IA.

Since 2019 I also act as managing editor of nanophotonics. The objective is establishing the journal as the go-to address for novel  photonic computing concepts.

Cognitive Computing: merging concepts with hardware

Together with colleagues (Prof. Jaeger, Prof. Pipa, Prof. Parkin) I have organized an international conference on “Cognitive Computing, Merging Concepts with Hardware”, 18th – 20th of December 2018, Hannover, Germany. The objective was an open, lively and highly interdisciplinary meeting with contributions from engineering, physics, computer science, mathematics and more. We secured first class invited speakers and the call for submissions is now open. Please find more information at our website and download our poster.

The conference turned out a great success. Multiple international collaboration were formed and we organizers were asked for a potential repetition on many occasions. We would certainly be looking forward to experiencing again such an excellent ambient.


Photonic Reservoir Computing, Optical Recurrent Neural Networks

Contact details:


Département d'Optique, Office N1-BUR-04 
Institut FEMTO-ST, UMR CNRS 6174
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25030 Besançon [cedex]
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